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Manitowoc Foodservice Appoints EVP Asia Pacific

Karssiens brings years of experience to the position.  Manitowoc Foodservice has announced the appointment of Chris Karssiens to the role of executive vice president of foodservice Asia Pacific (APAC) effective immediately. In his new role, Karssiens will be responsible for fulfilling the company’s APAC strategy and achieving APAC annual business plans, and overseeing Foshan, Hangzhou,

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New Taste Sensation

Fully-baked and portable, Lettieri’s new Pepperoni  Roll-Upz are sure to become a welcome addition to anyone’s “Value Menu.” Each 3.2-ounce Roll-Upz includes a generous amount of tantalizing pepperoni meat, creamy mozzarella cheese and Lettieri’s exclusive microwaveable bread with its “just out of the oven” taste.  You can also add a serving of marinara sauce to

FDA Denies Discussing Online E-Cigarette Sales Ban

Listening sessions did not include talk on potential restrictions, noted director of FDA’s CTP. The FDA has responded to a Wall Street Journal article titled “FDA Discusses Banning Online Sales of E-Cigarettes” that has been picked up by many news outlets. The article revealed that FDA had held talks regarding potentially banning online e-cigarette sales,

Sam’s Mart Centralizes Fuel Pricing Control

Closed loop pricing from headquarters with price change confirmation feedback. LSAA LLC has chosen PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing, a fuel price management solution, for its 60 Sam’s Mart stores in the Carolinas and Georgia. It chose PriceAdvantage for centralized fuel pricing control from headquarters, including business intelligence data at their fingertips. Sam’s Mart will be

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2014 Independent C-Store Expo Dates Announced

RBG will announce the winners of the thirteenth annual Royal Buying Group Education Scholarship Program at the show. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) announced that its annual Independent C-Store Expo (I-C-Expo) will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Burr Ridge Marriott Hotel located at 1200 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, Ill.  Additional

M&M’S Invites NASCAR Fans to the Track

M&M’S offers rare opportunity for fans to drive Atlanta Motor Speedway. As the “Official Chocolate of NASCAR” and sponsor of the popular No. 18 M&M’S Toyota, M&M’S Brand in September is giving NASCAR fans the ultimate driving experience—and chance to race the same track as the pros—at the famous Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) during an

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Sunny Sky Products Acquires Turbo Energy Drink

Expands bar and nightclub division. Sunny Sky Products LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty dispensed beverages, has completed the acquisition of Turbo Energy Drink LLC in an all cash transaction. The acquisition will expand distribution of Sunny Sky Products’ beverage offering further into the on-premise (Bar & Nightclub) channel. Turbo Energy Drink is the

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Icebox Water in a Box

Icebox Water in a Box is the creative new concept that retains the convenience and portability of bottled water while using a paperboard container that is environmentally friendly to manufacture and ship. Founded in 2007, Icebox Water in a Box aims to produce conveniently packaged water that is good for people and good for the

FDA Considers Banning Online Sales of E-Cigarettes

The agency is also reviewing advertising standards for the products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a possible online-sales ban of e-cigarettes, as it prepares its proposed regulations for the devices, the Wall Street Journal reported. The FDA and e-cigarette makers have had been meeting recently, allowing the e-cigarette makers the opportunity to

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Romine Oil Signs With VP Retail Branding Program

Distributor looks for competitive advantage with new image, program features. De Queen, Ark.-based Romine Oil Co. has signed on as the latest partner in VP Racing Fuels’ national branding program. “We are excited to get in on the ground floor of, what we think, is an industry changing concept,” said Larry Romine, president of Romine

Hershey Selects Global Media Planning and Buying Agency

Selection follows review process started earlier this year. The Hershey Co. has selected Universal McCann to handle its global media planning and buying activities. The decision concludes an eight-month account review process that began at the beginning of the year and included all incumbent agencies. Hershey’s global media assignment includes all paid media, including TV,

Top Trends In Commercial Building

More businesses are turning to alternative energy sources in efforts to lower utility costs. Green’s the word this year as the commercial building industry begins to see a significant move toward greater transparency, higher energy efficiency standards, increased sustainability and a more responsible use of building resources, according to Lennox Commercial, which offers products to

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Strongbow Cider Strikes Gold

Strongbow Cider, the No. 1 global cider brand, has the 2013 holiday season of entertaining and celebration clearly in its sights. Retail program elements, along with a digital overlay, will foster consumer interest, drive shopper traffic and increase sales rate from September through December. At retail, a cohesive program combining a range of elements will

First Public CNG Station Opens in Casa Grande

Golden Eagle Distributors Inc. and Trillium CNG host ribbon cutting at new station. Golden Eagle Distributors Inc. and Trillium CNG hosted a green ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the first public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Casa Grande. The station is located on Golden Eagle’s property at 1000 N Jefferson. Compressed Natural

Hershey Helps Remote Peruvian Village Rebuild

Hershey funds cocoa infrastructure for indigenous community. In 2008, The Hershey Co. was introduced to a village of indigenous people tucked deep in the mountains of the Junín region of Peru. This village was using cocoa farming to rebuild its community following years of devastation by guerilla warfare. Hershey decided to support the community—San Juan

Energy And Beer Categories Show Solid Sales

The energy category posts 7.4% growth in dollar sales. A Wells Fargo Securities report noted that carbonated soft drink (CSD) sales excluding energy drinks, at c-store have softened, while the energy and beer categories posted positive results. Total CSD (excluding energy) dollar sales in the U.S. C-store channel increased 1.3% (versus +2.0% last month) during

Kum & Go Makes Inc. 5000 List For Fifth Consecutive Year

“We attribute our continued success and aggressive growth to our dedicated associates and loyal customers,” says Kum & Go President and CEO. For the fifth consecutive year, Kum & Go has been listed by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. Kum & Go ranks among the top 20

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Improve Business Intelligence

PDI continues its long tradition of accurate and powerful financial reporting with the introduction of its newest product, PDI/Excel Analytics powered by PrevisionEPM. Built on a Microsoft SQL Server database and integrated directly with PDI/Enterprise, PDI/Excel Analytics provides users with highly customizable financial and operational reporting. All of this power comes packaged in the familiar

Fed Appeals Swipe Fee Ruling

“The Fed has taken a position that will drag this out while retailers and their customers continue to pay billions of dollars in inflated fees that harm that U.S. economy,” says NRF spokesperson. The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday appealed a judge’s decision to reject the agency’s cap on debit card transaction fees, Reuters reported.

Economic Pessimism Growing As Summer Ends

As Labor Day approaches, gas prices are a major reason for consumer pessimism. Nearly 6 in 10 consumers (58%) noted that they are pessimistic about the economy, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. The latest numbers are in stark contrast to early July, when consumer pessimism was at 52%—the lowest level of the

BAWLS Expands Distribution

BAWLS Guarana is expanding distribution of its products in the U.S. and abroad. Distribution of the BAWLS Guarana line of products in Canada has been recently expanded due to a rekindling relationship between the brand and a former distribution partner, Beverage World of Ontario.  The company was founded in 1999 by Stefan Kergl to be

More Savings For Fuel Rewards Network Program Members

Some 44% of Fuel Rewards Network members are new Shell customers. A special limited-time offer from Shell and the Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) program will give FRN Members across the country instant savings at the pump by taking a minimum of three cents off per gallon instantly on every fill-up at participating Shell-branded stations. While

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Baby Born In Earth Market Parking Lot

Coincidentally, her father also made his debut in a parking lot. A suburban Chicago girl was born in the parking lot of an Oswego, Ill. Earth Market store last weekend, almost 33 years after her father was also born in a parking lot. The six-pound, three-ounce newborn, named Hannah, arrived 10 days early and the

Dragonite Sells E-Vapor Business To ITG

Acquisition cost totals $75 million. Dragonite International Limited, and its wholly-own subsidiaries, has sold its E-Vapor Business for $75 million to Fontem Ventures B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group plc. (ITG), a global tobacco company with international strength in cigarettes and world leadership in fine cut tobacco, papers and premium cigars. Fontem Ventures

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Gluten Free Bars

KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) has launched into a new category of snacks with KIND Healthy Grains Bars, a line of chewy with a crunch granola bars made from five super grains mixed with tasty ingredients like pumpkin seeds, toasted coconut flakes, dark chocolate chunks and more. Each KIND Healthy Grains bar packs one full serving

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